A judge has ordered St. Louis police to release records of the discipline of officers involved with use of 2006 World Series tickets taken from evidence in scalping cases, reports the city’s Post-Dispatch. Judge Robert Dierker wrote, “This sorry episode in the annals of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has dragged on for seven years and the court regrets that its judgment today will not mark the final chapter.”
The department and some officers have fought to keep the records secret, and the ACLU has sued for access. The officers still have the option of another appeal, but it may be an uphill battle after several consecutive defeats in court. Police argued that disciplinary records are private under state law. Officials said files on internal affairs and criminal investigations are kept separately, with only the latter made public. Eight officers were suspended and demoted, but never fired. Seven others — including a lieutenant and three sergeants — faced unspecified discipline. Only some of their names were officially released.